Freshman Halle Washington scored 10 first-half points in her first-ever double-digit output for Georgia.
Nov. 29, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. --- Tiaria Griffin scored a game-high 19 points to lead five Georgia Lady Bulldogs in double figures en route to a decisive 80-60 victory over George Washington (3-2) at the GSU Sports Arena on Friday. No. 22-ranked Georgia (7-0) will now face host Georgia State in the championship game of GSU's Thanksgiving Invitational on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
Griffin's point production was aided by her 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. In addition, Khaalidah Miller scored 14 points, Halle Washington added a career-high 12, Shacobia Barbee chipped in 11 and Erika Ford notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
"I thought we did a lot of good things offensively," head coach Andy Landers said. "I thought we executed to the end of the shot clock two or three times, showed great discipline and patience in doing that. But we also got early looks and knocked those down and showed good decision making. We vacated the offense several times and made individual decisions and capitalized on those. We scored in about every way you could score, both in the halfcourt and in the fullcourt. We did a nice job from the '3' and a nice job on the offensive boards."
The teams traded buckets in the opening moments of the game before a Griffin 3-pointer at the 12:45 mark ignited an 18-2 run covering 6:59 that put Georgia 33-15.
"I thought the first two or three minutes were lackluster and we were lacking some effort," Landers said. "Once we got started, we played pretty well. It looks like to me that our defense inspires us. Whether we turn the other team over or not, we play better offensively when we we're playing hard defensively."
At the under 8:00 media timeout with 7:39 left in the first half, the Lady Bulldogs were 13-of-16 from the field, a blistering 81.3 percent. Georgia was a perfect 10-of-10 on 2-point field goal attempts at that point.
The Lady Bulldogs opened the second half quickly as well, outscoring the Colonials 7-2 over the first 1:31 and forcing a quick George Washington timeout.
The lead eventually topped out at 31 points on a Griffin 3-point play with 5:58 left on the clock that made it 75-44.
Georgia's 80 points represented a season-high effort and improved the Lady Bulldogs to 426-6 when scoring 80 or more points during Landers' 35 seasons at Georgia.